Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra

Founded in 1960 by Prof. Saulius Sondeckis (Artistic Director and Chief Conductor, 1960–2004) the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra (LCO) is recognised as one of the finest and most internationally acclaimed Lithuanian orchestras. Over the years its tour itineraries have covered the length and breadth of Europe, reached both Americas, Africa, Arabic countries, Australia, China and Japan. The LCO has appeared at major European halls such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna’s Musikverein, London’s Royal Festival Hall, Rome’s Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Salle Pleyel and Gaveau in Paris, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus to name a few.


From 1992 to his death in 1999, Yehudi Menuhin conducted almost 60 concerts on the Orchestra’s annual tours. Some of these performances were also committed to disc. A great number of distinguished soloists have joined the Orchestra in concerts, including violinists Gidon Kremer, Gil Shaham, Daniel Hope, Julian Rachlin, Vadim Repin, Janine Jansen, Mstislav Rostropovich, Natalia Gutman, David Geringas, Mischa Maisky, Yuri Bashmet, Maxim Rysanov; Evgeny Kissin, Alexei Lubimov, Barry Douglas, Denis Matsuyev, and many others.

During the five decades the LCO has also produced over 100 albums of diverse repertoire, with special attention to the music of Bach and Mozart. The latter’s output occupies a special place in the LCO’s repertoire: among others, the Orchestra has recorded his complete symphonies. The unique recording of Beethoven’s The Creatures of Prometheus with Sir Peter Ustinov and conducted by Karl Anton Rickenbacher was released on RCA Red Seal label, becoming a bestseller. Other album releases include transcriptions of concerti by Hummel, Mozart, Weber and Saint-Saëns (Teldec Classics, 2002) and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons released by Deutsche Grammophon in 2016. Along with performances of Baroque and classical masterpieces, the Orchestra has frequently included contemporary opuses in its programmes and recordings. It has always been an active promoter of Lithuanian music, having performed works by Lithuanian composers.


In recent years the LCO has appeared in Luxembourg, Spain, Switzerland, Slovenia, Poland, China, Costa Rica, Italy and Lebanon. In 2018, the Orchestra presented a gala concert together with pianist Mūza Rubackytė and conductor Robertas Šervenikas at the Gaveau Hall in Paris.


“The Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra is like the finest quality instrument, having the distinctive sound and traditions of performance. I rank this Orchestra among the leaders of the genre. Sixty years is a long history. Not so many orchestras in Europe can pride themselves on such glorious past,” says violinist SERGEY KRYLOV who has been appointed the Music Director of the LCO in December 2008. Sergej Krylov loves assuming the dual role of soloist and conductor in a wide repertoire ranging from Baroque to contemporary music. Major engagements of LCO and Krylov in 2018–2020 included important performances at MUPA concert hall in Budapest, Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory Grand Hall, international festivals and concert halls in China, Italy, Poland, France, Switzerland and Lithuania.



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Rokas Vaitkevičius, cello

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Karolis Variakojis, conductor

ODE 1403-2

Released 06/2022

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